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The Essence Festival was epic. From the live performances to the official panels, the powerful Black women in the music industry inspired many fans that night.


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SOHH.com had the honors of catching up with singer and actress Ryan Destiny at Essence fest. During an exclusive interview, Ryan let us know current trends she’s into, three things she cannot live without, and upcoming projects she’s currently working on. 

“Three things I can’t live without?” She asked, repeating the question. “Water, a lip liner, and I don’t want to say my phone because I’m going to sound like a real millennial, and I don’t want to, but my phone is always with me, so I  just gotta say that.”

When asked about current trends she’s had her eyes on, RD skipped any fashion trends and went right into hairstyles, saying “hairstyles are a part of a look, a part of the fashion, and a part of the outfit.” 

The “Star” actress recently partnered with Pacsun and will be dropping an exclusive collaboration clothing line. Destiny went on to share the excitement of her newfound partnership, hoping to open doors to new partnerships. 

“I just put out a line with Pacsun and so that’s been really really fun to work on and do, and just create. I have a lot more coming with that and I’m just excited for people to get a glimpse with that, and hopefully that just opens more doors for things in the future.”

Fans are super fascinated to see what Ryan Destiny is cooking up for the future.

Speaking of new partnerships. The Queen of the Barbz just dropped her Rap Snacks potato chip collaboration. Meanwhile, her fans commence “Nicki Day” as she leads up to her performance at the Essence Festival this weekend. Nicki Minaj is coming in hot as she prepares for what will be a busy summer.  

She’s headlining Rolling Loud in New York City and the IHeart Festival; she’s announced her new betting venture, launched a show deal with Amazon, and the Queens-born rapper also announced her first signee, Tate Kobang, to her new record label.   

Furthermore, her latest power move is a new chip flavor dropping with a consumer product brand, Rap Snacks, just in time for her touchdown at the Essence Music Festival this weekend. 

The CEO of Rap Snacks, James Lindsay, spoke on her new Barbie-Que Honey Truffle flavor chips:

“Nicki Minaj is unquestionably one of the most disruptive force in the history of rap. You’re talking about a woman who rewrote the rules of hip-hop culture and happens to be a phenomenal entrepreneur as well.”

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